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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Genre:  Trick-Taking
Format:  Card Games
Other:  Essen 2008 releases

Ochs & Esel

new edition of Das große und das kleine A

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20-30 minutes 3-12

Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer

Manufacturer(s): Pegasus Spiele

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Product Description

A new version of Das große und das kleine A, which Amigo published in 1996. Players need to rid themselves of as many minus points as they can in this trick-taking game, while at the same time paying attention to the animals passing by so as not be the donkey in the end.

Designer Wolfgang Kramer notes that this version of the game also includes Who's the Ass?.

Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer

  • Manufacturer(s): Pegasus Spiele

  • Year: 2008

  • Players: 3 - 12

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 295 grams

  • Language Requirements: Sorry, no English translation of the rules is available at this time.


  • 110 cards
  • instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3 in 2 reviews

Das Grosse Dalmuti
October 21, 1999

This may not be the most original game in the world, but our group enjoys it quite a bit. Play is similar to WoTC's The Great Dalmuti, without the initial card-trading and with the addition of the Big A and Little A cards. Taking the trick with one brings all the cards in that trick into your hand, and the other earns points for you. (The object is to have the low score after five rounds.)

Not complex, but has the benefit of accomodating up to nine players, which is why I gave it four stars instead of three. It works well with numbers over four; I've never played it with less.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Stop me if you've heard this deck before
October 18, 1999

So what do you get for your twelve bucks? A deck of 110 cards: 104 number cards (#s 1-13, 8 each), 4 jokers, a big 'A' card, and a little 'a' card. That's right, it's the equivalent of two standard Bicycle decks shuffled together, plus a couple of 'A's -- and the 'A's don't have to be cards, really, since they start each round face up on the table and their ownership is never in doubt.

Don't get me wrong -- this is a clever little trick-taking game, but since the rules are available online in several locations, there's no need to shell out money for a specialized deck. Just use ordinary playing cards, and a couple of tokens for the 'A's (I recommend a pair of funny hats -- you'll understand why once you've read the rules). As for the twelve bucks you save by not buying 'Das Grosse...', spend it on a different Wolfgang Kramer game, like Torres or El Grande.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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